Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pruritus Vulvae Prevention

Prevention of pruritus vulvae includes:

  • Gently rinse the vulva while bathing.
  • Do not clean the vulva with soap.
  • Dry the genitals carefully after bathing.
  • Remove wet clothing immediately after swimming.
  • Urinate before and after intercourse.
  • Wipe from front to back after urinating:
    • This reduces the spread of bacteria from the anus, to the vulva.
  • To help keep the vulva dry:
    • Wear moisture-wicking underwear.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • Avoid constrictive clothing, such as nylons.
  • Change tampons every 4 to 6 hours during your period.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pruritus Vulvae References
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